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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

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Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Dispatches from around the world

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Buy Before You Book: Museum Tickets That Sell Out

Henley Vazquez

In most cases, trips start with choosing hotels and flights, then restaurant and museum reservations fall into line later. But when summer rolls around and hordes of travelers head to Europe, high-profile museum tickets should take priority. Trust us—the special spots sell out, so if you’re headed to any these destinations, check ticket availability early, and buy those ideal dates the minute you know your plans.


Destination: London

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Museum: Churchill War Rooms

What to Know: fast-track tickets to Churchill’s war bunker and underground museum are timed-entry, so you’ll need to know the day you’d like to visit as well as a specific time. Arrive early to be sure you don’t miss your slot.

Destination: Paris

Museum: Eiffel Tower

What to Know: even with pre-purchased tickets, expect long lines and a lot of waiting. But if going to the top of the famous tower falls on your must-do list, plan months in advance.

Destination: Florence

Museum: Galleria dell’Accademia

What to Know: A visit to see Michaelangelo’s David is a highlight of any trip to Florence, but this is one spot where a guide can really bring the sculpture, as well as the rest of the museum, to life. And yes, that also requires some ahead planning, but they’ll secure the tickets for you.

Destination: Milan

Museum: Last Supper

What to Know: Leonardo’s Last Supper allows only 30 visitors in per time slot, and the access sells out quickly. Be flexible, and if you lose your chance at buying the authorized tickets through the official website, sometimes it’s possible to join a larger group that visits as part of a multi-hour city tour.

Destination: Rome

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Museum: Galeria Borghese

What to Know: Access to this museum in the Borghese gardens sells in two-hour increments, starting with 9-11 am, and ending with 5-7 pm. While ticket sales aren’t as competitive as the Last Supper, time slots do sell out, so if a visit here must be included on your itinerary, start by seeing what’s available and plan around it. Tip: fast-track Colosseum tickets and early access to the Vatican also can become scarce, so book those early as well.

Destination: Amsterdam

Museum: Anne Frank House

What to Know: Tickets go on sale three months ahead of time, and there are no short cuts. Resales are prohibited as are outside tour guides, so if you can’t secure entry through the official channels, you might be out of luck. Visit the Verzets (Resistance) Museum first for an overview of life in Holland under occupation before touring Anne Frank’s home.

The Best Pizza from Amalfi to Venice

Henley Vazquez

 

It seems like everyone is going to Italy this summer and everyone loves pizza. So we've combined two of our most favorite things—eating and traveling—for our latest guide to the best pies all over Italy. Better yet, we tapped local experts for their insider take on where to grab the ultimate slice. From pizza al taglio to thin crust and deep dish, we've got the scoop on where to mangia in Rome, Venice, Naples, Capri, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. 


Rome

“Pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) is Rome's ubiquitous street food. It's baked in long, oblong slabs or rectangular sheet pans, sold by weight, and eaten on the fly. Locals love it because it's quick and cheap and while many examples are fairly delicious, rarely does Roman pizza al taglio enter into superlative territory. At Gabriele Bonci's Pizzarium, however, pizza by the slice has been elevate to an art form. The dough, which is made from stone ground heirloom wheats, is fermented slowly for up to 72 hours, rendering it a light and aromatic vehicle for delivering gourmet toppings like burrata and Cantabrian anchovies or simple classics like potato and mozzarella.While there is on seating nor table service, there's a fun selection of Champagne, which is a terrific pairing with Bonci's pizzas.”

Katie Parla, a NJ native, is a Rome-based food and drinks writer. She is the author of a popular food and travel blog and the book Tasting Rome.


Venice

“Venice isn’t pizza famous like Rome or Naples, but I would say Antico Forno is among the best. It’s an institution in the Rialto market and has really good pizza, both thin crust and deep dish. You can order by the slice, too. Really good calzones as well!”

Ondine Cohane is a Contributing Editor for Conde Nast Traveler and writes for the New York Times, GQ, Bon Appetit and more. She lives in Tuscany with her husband and son, where they own two of the area’s best hotels, La Bandita Countryhouse and La Bandita Townhouse.


Naples

“One of our favorite spots for pizza is a very famous restaurant called Sorbillo, right on Via dei Tribunali, the main street in the city centre. I believe they actually claim that they invented pizza, and they are constantly busy—to the point that a member of staff is always standing outside with a megaphone calling out people who have put their names down once their table is ready! It obviously attracts tourists but you will be struck by how the vast majority of clientele is actually Italian.

The funny story is that there is another pizzeria called Sorbillo on the same street! The first time we visited Naples we thought we were actually going to the original place I mentioned above, as the pizzas were also great here, too. I don't know what the story is with them having the same name etc, but I would also really recommend visiting the “sister” restaurant if you have time.”

Ben Romberg of The Roman Guy runs private or small group tours around Italy (food-focused and more) and is based in Rome. The Roman Guy's goal to separate you from the masses, so you can experience Rome and the rest of Italy like a local.


Capri

Villaverde Restaurant makes the best traditional pizza. Aurora Restaurant makes the lighter and most successful pizza on the island. They call it "water pizza" because is very thin, light and crispy, made with very little yeast so the pizza is easy to digest. The family has actually patented it so the name can only be used at Aurora Restaurant. In Italian, it’s called “pizza all’acqua.”

Martino Acampora is the General Manager of JK Place Capri, the hotel that inspires Passported’s Pinterest dreams, and our favorite place to stay on the island.


Tuscany

“Although Tuscany isn't known for its pizza, you can still find some great options if you know where to go. One of my favorites in Pienza is Pummaro, which has delicious freshly made pizzas to go, whole or by the slice.”

John Voigtmann is the owner of La Bandita Countryhouse and La Bandita Townhouse, two of Tuscany’s best hotels. John co-owns the properties with his wife, writer Ondine Cohane, and their adorable son Jacabo.


Amalfi Coast

Tre Sorelle in Positano makes a lovely pizza, but it’s not of the same standing as Naples, which is epic!  In Naples, Ciro a Mergellina is fantastic! It is a no frills restaurant, but the location in Posillipo is spectacular, and it has large windows looking over the sea. Their mozzarella is excellent, too, yet what stands out the most is the pizza.”

Antonio Sersale is the owner and manager of Le Sirenuse, the Positano hotel that is consistently rated one of the world’s best.


FLORENCE

"At this moment, the best pizza in my beloved Florence is at Vico del Carmine on Via Pisana, 40r. You can read more about it and other great travel tips in my book J.K. Essential Guide to Florence."

Claudio Meli is the General Manager of the J.K. Florence and author of its eponymous insider guide. 


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When in Rome: Three Hotels for Three Families

Henley Vazquez

At Feather+Flip, we know that “kid friendly” comes in different packaging for different people, so we’re scouting hotels that work for a variety of families. Here are three very different but equally appealing hotels we discovered on a recent scouting trip to Rome. Which one is your style? Read to find out.

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